Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Gigi Hadid slams body shamers

Gigi Hadid slams body shamers

"I may be "too skinny" for you-honestly this skinny isn't what I want to be-but I feel healthier internally and am still learning and growing with my body every day, as everyone is". But over the weekend, after walking in the Jeremy Scott, Bottega Veneta, and Prabal Gurung shows at New York Fashion Week, the 22-year-old chose to clap back at her body shamers once and for all via a series of tweets she posted Sunday night.

Ruby Rose and Chrissy Teigen offered their support to Hadid after she posted her initial tweet.

Hadid first opened up about her health battles in 2016, telling ELLE magazine "my metabolism actually changed like insane this year".

The model insisted that changes to her figure were down to Hashimoto's disease, which causes fluid retention.

Hadid starts her tirade on Twitter by reminding her followers that she has been suffering from Hashimoto's disease for years.

Model Gigi Hadid rehearses on the runway at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City. "Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I'm not asking for special treatment", she wrote.

Gigi continued to say that over the last few years she has received medication to help with symptoms such as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues and her body's ability to retain heat. Moreover, she said that while some people might think she looks too skinny, she is actually feeling much better than ever before.

Many users responded with their own stories about body shaming and insecurities about their bodies, and thanked her for standing up and speaking out, including the model's best friend Kendall Jenner who quote-Tweeted "preach".

I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesnt suit ur "beauty" expectation, shouldnt have to.

The model concluded her statement with, "Please, as social media users & human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don't", she wrote.

Her messages, which garnered tens of thousands of likes, were also retweeted by her younger sister Bella.

More importantly, this thread is evidence that critics can never truly know what kind of health concerns a person may be dealing with, and the way they present physically; it would behoove us all to judge a little less (and a little less quickly).

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